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Turning to the Mystics is a podcast for people searching for something more meaningful, intimate and richly present in the divine gift of their lives. James Finley, clinical psychologist and Living School faculty, offers a modern take on the historical contemplative practices of Christian mystics like Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, John of the Cross among others. Leaning into their experiences can become a gateway to hope, healing and oneness. Together with Kirsten Oates from the Center for Action and Contemplation, they explore listener questions and examine their own paths as modern contemplatives in this beautiful and broken world.

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    Bonus: The Dark Night, Depression and Suffering

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 46:34

    On this bonus episode of Turning to the Mystics, Jim and Kirsten are joined by long-time friend Mirabai Starr to reflect on listener questions about how John of the Cross' dark night of the soul differs from depression—and how both experiences evolve our understanding of suffering. If you found this episode helpful, consider attending the final Conspire this September. In this interactive online event, catch both Mirabai and Jim as they expand on the spiritual experiences of grief and healing. To learn more, visit: cac.org/conspire-2021. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org  The transcript for this episode will be available on Wednesday July 21st, 2021. The book being used for this season can be found here. Mirabai Starr's Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Connect with us: We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    St. John of the Cross: Listener Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 74:52

    In this episode, Jim and Kirsten answer questions that were submitted by the listeners during the airing of the 3rd season. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org  The transcript for this episode will be available on Wednesday July 14th, 2021. The book being used for this season can be found here. Connect with us: We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Dialogue 6: The Spiritual Canticle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 46:48

    This is the sixth dialogue that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross. In this episode, Jim and Kirsten discuss Session 7, which covered The Spiritual Canticle. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org  The transcript for this episode can be found here. The book being used for this season can be found here. (Currently, there are issues with hyperlinks on Apple Podcasts since their recent update. If links aren't working, please visit our website at cac.org for the transcript. Thanks!) Connect with us: We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    St. John of the Cross: Session 7

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 40:38

    This is the seventh session that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross. With this episode, Jim turns to St. John of the Cross's work on The Spiritual Canticle and The Living Flame of Love, moving us from The Dark Night to the mystical union with God that blossoms in this "night" as it comes to fruition. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org  The transcript of this podcast can be found here. The book being used for this season can be found here. (Currently, there are issues with hyperlinks on Apple Podcasts since their recent update. If links aren't working, please visit our website at cac.org for the transcript. Thanks!) Connect with us: We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Dialogue 5: The Inner Experience

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2021 55:49


    This is the fifth dialogue that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross. In this episode, Jim and Kirsten discuss Session 6, which covered Thomas Merton's The Inner Experience as a means of introducing us to the mystical awakening that emerges out of the dark night, and the oneness or union that comes with infused contemplation. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org  The transcript for this episode can be found here. The book being used for this season can be found here. (Currently, there are issues with hyperlinks on Apple Podcasts since their recent update. If links aren't working, please visit our website at cac.org for the transcript. Thanks!) Connect with us: We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!


    St. John of the Cross: Session 6

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 41:10


    This is the sixth session that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross. With this episode, Jim turns back to Thomas Merton's book, The Inner Experience, to summarize his own understanding of The Dark Night and begins to move us towards St. John of the Cross's work on The Spiritual Canticle and The Living Flame of Love. Through these works, he will introduce us to the mystical awakening that emerges out of the dark night, and the oneness or union that comes with infused contemplation. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org  The transcript of this podcast can be found here. The book being used for this season can be found here. (Currently, there are issues with hyperlinks on Apple Podcasts since their recent update. If links aren't working, please visit our website at cac.org for the transcript. Thanks!) Connect with us: We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!


    Bonus Session: The Dark Night

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 18:49

    In this bonus episode, Jim concludes the section on The Dark Night by reflecting on it using two key passages from the text. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org  The transcript for this episode can be found here. The book being used for this season can be found here. (Currently, there are major issues with Apple Podcasts since their recent update. If links aren't working, please visit our website at cac.org for the transcript. Thanks!) Connect with us: We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Dialogue 4: The Dark Night

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 50:39

    This is the fourth dialogue that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross. In this episode, Jim and Kirsten discuss Session 5, which covered The Dark Knight. Next week, we'll release a bonus talk on the Dark Night with Jim looking at it through two passages. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org  The transcript for this episode can be found here. The book being used for this season can be found here. Connect with us: We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    St. John of the Cross: Session 5

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 39:24

    This is the fifth session that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross. With this episode, Jim turns to his work on The Dark Night. In this episode, Jim explores the question, "How does a person in today’s world try to understand the ‘dark night’?" Using committed love relationships as the metaphor; Jim explores The Dark Night through the luminosity of falling in love. He then explains how ‘dark nights’ shift as the love deepens, challenges are faced, or love takes a new shape as the beloved dies. Next week we follow up with a dialogue, as well as a follow-up session in our usual format with specific passages from The Dark Night. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org  The transcript of this podcast will be available on Wednesday, May 5th. Apologies! The book being used for this season can be found here. Connect with us: We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Dialogue 3: The Ascent of Mount Carmel

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 56:26

    This is the third dialogue that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross. In this episode, Jim and Kirsten discuss Session 4, which covered The Ascent of Mount Carmel. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org  The transcript for this episode can be found here. The book being used for this season can be found here. Connect with us: We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    St. John of the Cross: Session 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 49:10

    This is the fourth session that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross, and the conclusion on The Ascent of Mount Carmel. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from St. John's The Ascent of Mount Carmel, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org  The transcript to this podcast can be found here. The book being used for this season can be found here. Connect with us: We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    St. John of the Cross: Session 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 59:12

    This is the third session that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from St. John's The Ascent of Mount Carmel, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org  The transcript to this podcast can be found here. The book being used for this season can be found here. Connect with us: We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Dialogue 2: The Ascent of Mount Carmel

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 51:01

    This is the second dialogue that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross. In this episode, Jim and Kirsten discuss Session 2, which covered The Ascent of Mount Carmel. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org  The transcript for this episode will be available on April 9th. Apologies for the delay, there were several errors on it. It is currently being revised. The book being used for this season can be found here. Connect with us: We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Bonus Good Friday Homily: Are We Forsaken?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 21:34

    This morning Jim Finley gave a homily called "Are We Forsaken?" for a Good Friday service with the Center for Action and Contemplation's staff, board, and extended community and we wanted to share it with you. We hope this finds you well this Easter weekend.

    St. John of the Cross: Session 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 53:57

    This is the second session that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from St. John's The Ascent of Mount Carmel, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text, and finishes with a meditative practice. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org  For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here. The book being used for this season can be found here. Connect with us: We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Dialogue 1: The Ascent of Mount Carmel

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 40:26

    This is the first session that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from St. John's The Ascent of Mount Carmel, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org  For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here. The book being used for this season can be found here. Connect with us: We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    St. John of the Cross: Session 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2021 38:04

    This is the first session that focuses on the mystic, St. John of the Cross. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from St. John's The Ascent of Mount Carmel, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text, and finishes with a meditative practice. Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org  For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here. The book being used for this season can be found here. Connect with us: We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy. To learn more about them and our other offerings, visit cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Turning to St. John of the Cross

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2021 67:01

    Welcome to Season 3 of Turning to the Mystics. In this episode, Kirsten Oates and James Finley are turning to 16th-century Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross and discovering how one might integrate his poetry and teachings into our daily lives. By the end of this episode, you will have an understanding of the life and work of St. John of the Cross and his impact on Jim Finley.  Resources: Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org   The transcript for this episode will be available by the end of the week. The book being used for this season can be found here. Connect with us: Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer about St. John of the Cross? Email us: podcasts@cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Coming Soon: Turning to St. John of the Cross

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2021 3:56

    Season 3 of Turning to the Mystics will continue with our next mystic, St. John of the Cross. We will begin our journey together on March 8th, 2021. Many have emailed and asked which book we will be working out of. You can purchase it here, although it is not necessary. We will continue to include the passages in the transcripts.

    Bonus: The Gift (A Meditation on Advent)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2020 19:07

    In this bonus episode, Jim Finley offers an Advent meditation on the gift of God in and as our lives. In this teaching Jim provides an image of this gift, the invitation to awaken to its presence, habituate it through practice, and offer it back to the world. In expressive poetic form and mystical knowing, Jim will draw you into the mystical significance of the Advent season. We will return in January with our 3rd mystic, St. John of the Cross!

    Bonus: Grounding Meditation for the Election

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2020 14:00

    In this bonus episode of Turning to the Mystics, Jim Finley and Kirsten Oates offer a 10-minute grounding meditation to help nourish us in times of strife and stress, as many are feeling today and all these long pandemic days. Please listen and join us in quiet meditation (with the occasional sounds of construction in Jim’s backyard.)

    Teresa of Avila: Listener Questions (Part 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2020 69:21

    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten answer questions that were submitted by the listeners during the airing of the 2nd season. The transcript for this episode can be found here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Teresa of Avila: Listener Questions (Part 1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2020 59:15

    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten answer questions that were submitted by the listeners during the airing of the 2nd season. The transcript for this episode will be available on Friday, October 9th. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Dialogue: The Sixth and Seventh Mansions (Part 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2020 59:56

    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have their second dialogue around the sixth and seventh mansions of Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle and discuss the path it provides for spiritual transformation. In this episode, Kirsten references a translation of the Interior Castle by Mirabai Starr. You can get it here. The transcript for this podcast can be found here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Dialogue: The Sixth and Seventh Mansions (Part 1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2020 65:11

    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have their first dialogue around the sixth and seventh mansions of Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle and discuss the path it provides for spiritual transformation. In this episode, Kirsten references a translation of the Interior Castle by Mirabai Starr. You can get it here. You can find the transcript to the episode here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Bonus: Richard Rohr on Turning to Teresa of Avila

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2020 61:40


    Today on the show we have our friend Richard Rohr on the show. In it, we talk about how he discovered Teresa of Avila, the impact she made on his life, and what her work means for us today. The link to the transcript can be found here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!


    Teresa of Avila: Session 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2020 39:47

    This is the sixth session that focuses on the mystic, Teresa of Avila. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from the seventh mansion of Teresa’s The Interior Castle, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text and finishes with a meditative practice. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here. Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail Want to go further with Jim and his teachings on the Interior Castle? Embark on a spiritual journey through the seven mansions with Jim and Mirabai Starr in their online course starting September 9th. To learn more, visit cac.org/interior This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Teresa of Avila: Session 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2020 53:13

    This is the fifth session that focuses on the mystic, Teresa of Avila. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from the sixth mansion of Teresa’s The Interior Castle, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text and finishes with a meditative practice. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here. Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail Want to go further with Jim and his teachings on the Interior Castle? Embark on a spiritual journey through the seven mansions with Jim and Mirabai Starr in their online course starting September 9th. To learn more, visit cac.org/interior This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Bonus: The Life and Work of Teresa of Avila feat. Mirabai Starr

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2020 71:20

    Before we venture into the 6th and 7th mansions, we wanted to pause and air this bonus episode in which Jim, Kirsten, and special guest Mirabai Starr explore the life story of Teresa of Avila, and what it means for us today. Mirabai is a scholar, a translator, a teacher, and a bereavement counselor who has led many retreats—including several with Jim—and an award winning author of multiple books, 3 of which focus on Teresa, and most recently Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics. You can learn more about her at www.mirabaistarr.com The transcript for this episode can be found here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Dialogue: The Fifth Mansion

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2020 58:09

    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have a dialogue around the fifth mansion of Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle and discuss the path it provides for spiritual transformation. In this episode, Kirsten references a translation of the Interior Castle by Mirabai Starr. You can get it here. The transcript for this episode can be found here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Teresa of Avila: Session 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2020 46:53

    This is the fourth session that focuses on the mystic, Teresa of Avila. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from the fifth mansion of Teresa’s The Interior Castle, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text and finishes with a meditative practice. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here. Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail Want to go further with Jim and his teachings on the Interior Castle? Embark on a spiritual journey through the seven mansions with Jim and Mirabai Starr in their online course starting September 9th. To learn more, visit cac.org/interior This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Dialogue: The Fourth Mansion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2020 51:47

    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have a dialogue around the fourth mansion of Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle and discuss the path it provides for spiritual transformation. In this episode, Kirsten references a translation of the Interior Castle by Mirabai Starr. You can get it here. The transcript for this episode can be found here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail Want to go further with Jim and his teachings on the Interior Castle? Embark on a spiritual journey through the seven mansions with Jim and Mirabai Starr in their online course starting September 9th. To learn more, visit cac.org/interior This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Teresa of Avila: Session 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2020 33:36

    This is the third session that focuses on the mystic, Teresa of Avila. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from the fourth mansion of Teresa's The Interior Castle, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text and finishes with a meditative practice. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here. Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode?  Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail Want to go further with Jim and his teachings on the Interior Castle? Embark on a spiritual journey through the seven mansions with Jim and Mirabai Starr in their online course starting September 9th. To learn more, visit cac.org/interior This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Dialogue: The Second Mansion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2020 69:25

    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have a dialogue around the second mansion of Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle and discuss the path it provides for spiritual transformation. In this episode, Kirsten references a translation of the Interior Castle by Mirabai Starr. You can get it here. The transcript for this episode can be found here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail Want to go further with Jim and his teachings on the Interior Castle? Embark on a spiritual journey through the seven mansions with Jim and Mirabai Starr in their online course starting September 9th. To learn more, visit cac.org/interior This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Dialogue: The First Mansion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2020 61:27

    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have a dialogue around the first mansion of Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle and discuss the path it provides for spiritual transformation. The transcript for this episode can be found here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail Want to go further with Jim and his teachings on the Interior Castle? Embark on a spiritual journey through the seven mansions with Jim and Mirabai Starr in their online course starting September 9th. To learn more, visit cac.org/interior This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Teresa of Avila: Session 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2020 28:11

    This is the second session that focuses on the mystic, Teresa of Avila. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from the second mansion of Teresa's The Interior Castle, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text and finishes with a meditative practice. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here. Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode?  Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail Want to go further with Jim and his teachings on the Interior Castle? Embark on a spiritual journey through the seven mansions with Jim and Mirabai Starr in their online course starting September 9th. To learn more, visit cac.org/interior This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Teresa of Avila: Session 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2020 31:35

    This is the first session that focuses on the mystic, Teresa of Avila. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from Teresa's The Interior Castle, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text and finishes with a meditative practice. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here. Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode?  Email us or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail Want to go further with Jim and his teachings on the Interior Castle? Embark on a spiritual journey through the seven mansions with Jim and Mirabai Starr in their online course starting September 9th. To learn more, visit cac.org/interior This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Turning to Teresa of Avila

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2020 64:18

    Welcome to Season 2 of Turning to the Mystics. In this episode, Kirsten Oates and James Finley turning to Teresa of Avila and discovering how one might integrate her teachings into our daily lives. By the end of this episode you will have robust understanding of the life and work of Teresa of Avila and her impact on Jim Finley.  Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org   The transcript for this episode can be found here. Have a question you'd like Jim or Kirsten to answer about Teresa of Avila? Email us: podcasts@cac.org Or, send us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/turningtothemystics Want to go further with Jim and his teachings on the Interior Castle? Embark on a spiritual journey through the seven mansions with Jim and Mirabai Starr in their online course starting September 9th. To learn more, visit cac.org/interior This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Bonus: The Mystics and Social Justice

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2020 21:44

    On this bonus episode, Jim and Kirsten are offering a reflection on what it means to turn to the mystics during this time of increasing awareness of the evils of systemic racism within our culture. Afterwards, there is a silent meditation for 8:46 to honor the life of George Floyd. To learn about the history of systemic racism in the United States, please visit this link. For listeners who are new to this conversation and are looking for a comprehensive list of resources to further your work of anti-racism, we encourage you to please visit this link.

    Additional Resources for Studying Thomas Merton

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2020 9:47


    This is a mini-episode to round out our series on Thomas Merton. A common request we received during the airing of Turning to Thomas Merton was for further reading and additional resources. Jim and Kirsten put together this mini episode to give you just that. We'll see you very soon for Turning to Teresa of Avila.


    Questions About the Practice

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2020 59:51

    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten answer questions about spiritual practices that were submitted by the listeners during the airing of the 1st season. The transcript for this episode can be found here. To learn more about James Finley, visit jamesfinley.org  Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode?  Email us: podcasts@cac.org or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail  This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Thomas Merton: Responding to Listener Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2020 74:34


    On this episode, Jim and Kirsten answer questions about Thomas Merton that were submitted by the listeners during the airing of the 1st season. The transcript for this episode can be found here. To learn more about James Finley, visit jamesfinley.org  Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode?  Email us: podcasts@cac.org or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail  This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!


    Thomas Merton: Session 8

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2020 30:02


    This is the eighth and final episode in this series that focuses on the mystic, Thomas Merton. In this episode, Jim revisits our explorations of Thomas Merton by singling out themes or aspects of his teachings, and how those can be found in the broader Christian Contemplative Traditions. For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here.  To learn more about James Finley, visit jamesfinley.org  Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode?  Email us: podcasts@cac.org or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!


    Thomas Merton: Session 7

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2020 44:08


    This is the seventh episode of eight that focuses on the mystic, Thomas Merton. In the spirit of Lectio Divina, James Finley draws from Thomas Merton’s The Inner Experience teaching from some of Thomas Merton's 11 points of infused contemplation. For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here.  To learn more about James Finley, visit jamesfinley.org  Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode?  Email us: podcasts@cac.org or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!


    Bonus: Grounding Ourselves in Life and Resurrection

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2020 52:50

    In this bonus episode of Turning to The Mystics, as we enter Eastertide, Jim and Kirsten are focusing on an Easter message that will help us reflect on the truth of life and resurrection so that we might ground ourselves in that story during a time such as this with the ongoing pandemic. The transcript for this bonus episode can be found here. To learn more about James Finley, visit jamesfinley.org  Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org  Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode?  Email us: podcasts@cac.org or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail  This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Thomas Merton: Session 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2020 29:22


    This is the sixth episode of eight that focuses on the mystic, Thomas Merton. In the spirit of Lectio Divina, James Finley draws from Thoms Merton’s The Seven Story Mountain and James Finley’s own Merton’s Palace of Nowhere to helps us respond to God’s presence in our lives, and show us which aspects need to be purified in order to realize the union with God that we long for.   For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here.  To learn more about James Finley, visit jamesfinley.org  Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org  Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode?  Email us: podcasts@cac.org or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail  This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!


    Bonus: A Meditation on Holy Week

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2020 37:06

    In this bonus episode of Turning to The Mystics, Jim and Kirsten are focusing on Holy Week and discussing what this ritual can offer us as we continue to process and navigate our way through this pandemic. The transcript for this bonus episode can be found here. To learn more about James Finley, visit jamesfinley.org  Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode?  Email us: podcasts@cac.org or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail  This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    Thomas Merton: Session 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2020 28:56


    This is the fifth episode of eight that focuses on the mystic, Thomas Merton. In the spirit of Lectio Divina, James Finley looks at a contemplative prayer from Thomas Merton’s Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. In this session, Jim moves from a reflective prayer in the previous episode to contemplative prayer. Using wordless communion, Jim shares a series of paradoxes to help us not fall into reflection prayer.  For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here.  To learn more about James Finley, visit jamesfinley.org  Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode?  Email us: podcasts@cac.org or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail  This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!


    Bonus: Deathless Beauty in the Fleetingness of Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2020 40:57

    In this special episode of Turning to the Mystics, James Finley is joined by Kirsten Oates to pause and reflect on this timely moment we are all in with the world facing the pandemic, COVID-19. James grounds his mystical teaching in light of the suffering world and offers guidance on how this contemplative grounding heightens our response to that suffering. In addition to that, they are answering listener questions submitted since the last episode. The transcript for this podcast can be found here. This is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you! Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to respond to on a future episode?  Email us: podcasts@cac.org  Or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail

    Thomas Merton: Session 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2020 29:09


    This is the fourth episode of eight that focuses on the mystic, Thomas Merton. In the spirit of Lectio Divina, James Finley re-visits Thomas Merton’s prayer from Thoughts in Solitude that he touched on in Session 2. In this session, Jim turns it into a reflective prayer and guides us into better ways of understanding ourselves, our lives in the presence of God, and how God sustains and guides us as Jim finishes with a meditative practice.   For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here.   To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org   Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode?  Email us: podcasts@cac.org or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail  This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!


    Bonus: Sink Into the Taproot of Your Heart

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2020 53:12

    In this special episode of Turning to the Mystics, James Finley is joined by Kirsten Oates to pause and reflect on this timely moment we are all in with the world facing the pandemic, COVID-19. James grounds his mystical teaching in light of the suffering world and offers guidance on how this contemplative grounding heightens our response to that suffering. In his inimitable poetic voice, James guides us through a visualization exercise, helps us ground our fear in love, and sensitizes us to our awakened hearts. Closing out this episode, Kirsten and James dialogue about their experiences in this time of uncertainty and personal suffering.   The transcript for this episode can be found here. This is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you! Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to respond to on a future episode?  Email us: podcasts@cac.org  Or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail 

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